FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 21, 2018
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States Reject Administration’s Attempt to Weaken Clean Power Standards
-- States Vow to Continue Opposing Threats to Clean Air, Clean Power --
Members* of the United States Climate Alliance, a bipartisan coalition of 17 governors committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions consistent with the goals of the Paris Agreement, today issued the following statement on the proposal announced by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for a weak replacement for the 2015 Clean Power Plan:
“We strongly reject, and will continue to oppose, the Administration’s proposal to replace the Clean Power Plan with a weak framework that fails to protect our communities from dangerous carbon pollution, and seeks to prop up dirty power plants.
The Administration is ignoring its obligation under the Clean Air Act to provide emission guidelines based upon the best strategies for reducing air pollution from existing sources. Lack of clear federal guidelines will endanger the health of our people – in fact, the proposal acknowledges the plan will lead up to 1,400 additional premature deaths annually.
Power plants are already implementing strategies that reduce emissions and drive technological improvements in the electric sector. As the rest of the world transitions to cleaner energy sources and drives technological innovation, this proposal leaves Americans behind.
In a summer of record temperatures, extreme storms, and raging wildfires following the worst hurricane year on record, this administration is failing to protect Americans from the threat of climate change and turning a blind eye to the economic benefits of renewable energy development and energy efficiency deployment.
We can do better. Collectively, U.S. Climate Alliance states have reduced power sector emissions 30 percent over the last decade while our economies grew faster than the rest of the nation. But many states will continue to require federal regulation to address climate change through meaningful reductions in carbon emissions. We are resolved to continue reducing pollution from the power sector by supporting clean energy alternatives and other proven strategies.”
*California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Minnesota, North Carolina, New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico, Oregon, Rhode Island, Virginia, Washington